2009-02-12 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

David Urban at The Secret Garden says that this year's big seller for St. Valentine's Day is roses, followed by tulips and then mixed flowers.

*** Some wishes for Saturday:

Dozen roses: Katrina Westall

Take fiance out to dinner: Sam Albaugh

Prince Charming: Trish O'Brien

Candy: Ashley Britton

Flowers: Lucy Lutyens

Stuffed animal, flowers: Courtney Westall

Full accesss to music in all Rhode Island school systems: Betthany Clarke

My kids to be happy: Shani Kitchin

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McQuade's Marketplace has a donation basket for food stuffs as you exit the store. Contributions go to the food pantry at St. Mark.

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Welcome Nosella to the island. She is a 1-year-old female Plott hound mix adopted by Albert Gamble from the Potter League for Animals in Middletown. Nosella joins another pet in the household, Ginger the hamster. The newcomer gets lots of love from Jack, 10, Ela, 8, and Maya, 7. Mom, Robin Costello, said Nosella and Ginger are "slowly being introduced. She's great, really mellow."

WOOF!

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Katherine Murphy wrote to correct the location of the first Smith Flower Shop. She said it was in the building that now houses Jamestown Designs.

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Linda Albaugh e-mailed that Dorr's candy store was on the corner of Cole and Windsor streets. "The store was run by my Aunt Ethel and Uncle George Dorr. After the store closed it became their daughter Gloria's playhouse."

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No takers on B.J. Whitehouse's poser.

"Wake me up. Bid my blood to run. I can't wake up.

Before I come undone."

Answer: "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence.

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How about:

"Don't cry. Don't raise your eye.

It's only teenage wasteland."

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Kudos to islander Jillian Barber who won the Jessica Hagan Fine Art and Design Award at the Newport Art Museum's 2009 Newport Annual Members' Juried Exhibition. She won for three-dimensional art with her clay sculpture "Katmandu."

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Brenda Ratcliff asks, where was Lyons Market located?

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Also no takers on John A. Murphy's question, who was the foreman at the plant in which Chester A. Riley worked? Answer, Hawkins.

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Where are all you folks who said we were being too easy?

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Don't miss John Murphy's essay on President Lincoln in this issue of the Press.

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Who was that other famous Hawkings, Screamin' Jay?

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Regarding our sometimes TV programs trivia, Joan McCauley wrote, "I guess I'm just too young to remember those shows!"

*** It's staying lighter later.

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We note that Monday is Presidents Day. We've never been able to figure out just what that is. Some put an apostrophe after the T, some after the S and some none at all. In the old days, presidents' birthdays were noted on the anniversary of their birth. Hence, Lincoln's Birthday was today and Washington's Birthday on the 22nd. We didn't get a day off of school for President Lincoln but we did for President Washington. Maybe it was because he was first and the oldest. Then some politicians decided to invent another three-day weekend for themselves. Over the years this has resulted in less and less attention being paid to the two historical giants who have been thrown into the melting pot of presidential mediocrity. We hope you're flying your flag today and will do so on the 22nd in addition to the 16th.

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Well, football season is over. What do you want to do now?

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Do you think this winter's weather has anything to do with the "experts" now calling it "climate change" instead of "global warming?"

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They call it the............, it started in Journal Square.

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Next Wednesday is the 79th anniversary of a cow being milked while flying in an airplane.

*** Be true!

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